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    “The 75th Anniversary of the CIA” – with former Director Robert Gates

    “The 75th Anniversary of the CIA” – with former Director Robert Gates

    Summary
    Robert Gates (Website; Website) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to reflect on the 75th Anniversary of the CIA. He served 8 U.S. presidents. 

    What You’ll Learn
    Intelligence

    His reflections on the CIA at 75

    How the CIA’s story intersected with his own  

    His take on the organization’s strengths and weaknesses 

    The complex intl. environment the CIA must now help America navigate

    Reflections

    Twists of fate

    Identity and institutions 

    And much, much more…

    Episode Notes
    Robert M. Gates is the first career officer in the CIA’s history to rise from entry level employee to Director. He spent 27 years at CIA, nine of those at the NSC. More recently, he was the first Secretary of Defense to be asked to remain in office by a newly elected president. In all, he served 8 presidents. 
    Wouldn’t you love to know his take on the CIA at 75? Well, we’ve made that happen for you!
    He was born in Wichita, Kansas, served in the U.S.A.F. and he received his undergraduate education at William & Mary, his masters from Indiana University, and his doctorate from Georgetown University. He was formerly the President of Texas A&M University and the current Chancellor of William & Mary. 
    And…
    The academic institutions Dr. Gates has been associated with all have quite different capacities of football stadium: Georgetown University’s Cooper Field can hold 3,750; William & Mary’s Zable Stadium can hold 12,259; Indiana University’s Memorial Stadium can hold 52,626; and Texas A&M’s Kyle Stadium can hold a whopping 102,733. What could we infer about Dr. Gates, college sports, or the United States from this information? Well, that would be thinking like an intelligence analyst.

    Quote of the Week
    "I've led four very big, very different institutions and like all of them I always saw where places where CIA could be better. But I always loved the place, and I always was proud to work there and proud of the people that I knew…they were probably the smartest, most honest people I've ever met and worked with." – Robert Gates.

    Resources
    *Andrew’s Recommendation*

    “Reorganization in the Intel. Community,” DCI Gates (1992)

    Watch this prescient clip on historical naivete, or if you’re hardcore, the entire congressional testimony


    *SpyCasts*


    “Dealing with Russia” – with Jim Olson (2022)


    “I was a Presidential Daily Briefer on 9/11” – with Mike Morell (2021)

    *Beginner Resources*


    History of CIA, CIA (n.d.) [website]


    CIA Director’s Portrait Gallery, CIA (n.d.) [online gallery]


    Impact of President G.H.W. Bush’s Foreign Policy, MSNBC (2018) [13 min. video]


    At 75, CIA Back Where it Started, Countering Kremlin, G. Myre, NPR (2022) [5 min. audio]

    Books


    Spymasters: CIA Directors, C. Whipple (S&S, 2020)


    Duty, R. Gates (Vintage, 2015) [Def. Sec. memoir]


    A World Transformed, Bush & Scowcroft (Knopf, 1998)


    From the Shadows, R. Gates (S&S, 1996) [CIA memoir]


    Power & Principle, Z. Brzezinski (FS&G, 1983) [Gates was Z.B.’s Special Asst. at the NSC during the Carter era]

    Articles


    A More Realistic Strategy for the Post-Cold War Era, R. Gates, WaPo (2022)


    Creation of the Central Intelligence Group, M. Warner, SII (1996) 

    Video


    Legacy of the G.H.W.B. Administration, CFR (2016)


    Book Talk: From the Shadows, R. Gates, C-Span (1996)

    Documentary

    The Spymasters, Showtime (2015)
    Curatorial

    Pocket History of CIA, CIA (2014)
    Primary Sources


    Biden Speech on 75th Anniversary of the CIA (2022)


    Robert Gates on CIA and Openness (1992)


    Nomination of Gates to be DCI (1991)


    Adm. Roscoe, First CIA Director Dies (1982) 


    CIA Review of the World Situation (1947)


    Lester to Truman re Centralized Intelligence (1947) 


    National Security Act (1947)

    *Wildcard Resource*


    North by Northwest (Hitchcock, 1959)


    We hear the first explicit mention of “CIA” in a major movie

     “FBI. CIA. ONI. We’re all in the same alphabet soup.”

    • 1 hr 4 min
    "CIA Reports Officer, Russian Yacht Watcher, Satirist” – with Alex Finley

    "CIA Reports Officer, Russian Yacht Watcher, Satirist” – with Alex Finley

    Summary
    Alex Finley (Twitter; Website) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss life as a CIA Reports Officer turned author. She lives in Barcelona.

    What You’ll Learn
    Intelligence

    Her take on CIA analysts vs. case officers 

    Information and disinformation in fact and fiction 

    Ukraine, the 2016 election and the Russian historical playbook 

    The regularity even mundanity of much of daily intelligence life 

    Reflections

    Being an American in Barcelona 

    Viewing your own country from outside the goldfish bowl

    And much, much more…

    Episode Notes
    Alex Finley spent 6 years in the CIA as a Reports Officer - whom she describes as a bridge between the case officers and analysts. She is author of a trilogy of novels on the exploits of fictional CIA officer Victor Caro. Her most recent book, Victor in Trouble, completes the series (…or does it?) by looking at Russian influence operations and the contemporary intelligence landscape through a satirical lens. 
    She now lives in Barcelona, Spain - and yes, apparently it’s as awesome as it sounds! – and she is the voice behind #YachtWatch, which tracks and exposes the activities of Russian oligarchs and their superyachts. 
    And…
    Satire is often described as fitting into three categories: Horatian, which offers light comedy and social commentary (e.g., Pride & Prejudice, Parks & Rec, The Colbert Report); Juvenalian, a darker and more abrasive take that can often take the form of speaking truth to power (e.g., Animal Farm, American Psycho, South Park) and Menippean, which casts moral judgement on beliefs or generic character flaws (e.g., Alice in Wonderland, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Saturday Night Live). Which one does Alex use? 

    Quote of the Week
    "There, there were points where I found myself in the middle of nowhere, West Africa. And there are these moments where…how did I end up here? This makes zero sense. And then there were the bureaucratic Catch-22s." – Alex Finley.

    Resources
    *Andrew’s Recommendation*


    Who are the Russian Oligarchs? (2022)

    A great visulacapitalist.com infographic - but if you want to go understand how they can afford their superyachts, start here


    *SpyCasts*


    CIA Officers Turned Authors – David McCloskey & James Stejskal (2022)


    NSA, CIA, Author - Alma Katsu (2021)


    Victor in the Rubble – Alex Finley (2016)

    *Beginner Resources*


    A Brief History of Spy Fiction, Stella Rimington, Crime Reads, (2018) [short essay]


    An Introduction to Satire, Jackson School District (n.d.) [2-page guide]


    Russia’s Top Five Disinformation Narratives, State (2022) [webpage]

    Books


    Victor in Trouble, A. Finley (Smiling Hippo, 2022)


    The Revenge of Power, M. Naim (St. Martin’s, 2022)


    Active Measures, T. Rid (Picador, 2021)


    The Misinformation Age, C. O’Connor & J. Weatherall (YUP, 2020)


    Victor in The Jungle, A. Finley (Smiling Hippo, 2019)


    Victor in The Rubble, A. Finley (Smiling Hippo, 2016)


    Great Spy Stories from Fiction, A. Dulles (Harper, 1969)

    Articles


    The Russian Firehose of Falsehood, C. Paul & M. Matthews, RAND (2016)


    Yellow Journalism, PBS (n.d.)

    Videos


    The Spy Writers You Love to Read, SPY (2019) 


    Russian Active Measures: Past, Present & Future, CSIS (2018)


    The Strategy Behind Russia’s Disinformation Campaigns, DW News (n.d.)


    Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News, NYT (n.d.)

    Reports

    Combatting Targeted Disinformation Campaigns, DHS (2019)
    Primary Sources


    Disinformation: Russian Active Measures, Senate Intelligence Committee (2017)


    KGB Active Measures in SW Asia in 1980-82, Wilson Center


    Primary Source Collections

    Rumor Control Project Documents, Library of Congress 
    *Wildcard Resource*


    A Clockwork Orange (1962) [novel]

    A short, sharp satire that ruminates on the nature of society and free will – it will stay with you for a long time to come

    • 1 hr 6 min
    "The Counterterrorism and Counter WMD Strategist" – with Dexter Ingram.

    "The Counterterrorism and Counter WMD Strategist" – with Dexter Ingram.

    Summary
    Dexter Ingram (LinkedIn; Website) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss his varied career. He has a very cool private collection of spy gadgets.

    What You’ll Learn
    Intelligence

    What spy gadget he would save if his house were on fire

    How the hunt for a spy artifact “gets his blood pumping”

    Using intelligence to achieve concrete policy objectives

    His preference for Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) while working with international partners

    Reflections

    Vulnerability and trust

    Building and leveraging relationships 

    And much, much more…

    Episode Notes
    Dexter Ingram is the Acting Director at the Office of the Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and in his spare time a passionate collector of intelligence artifacts and gadgets.
    He has performed a variety of roles at the Department of State – he was on a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan, he was a Counterterrorism Coordinator at Interpol in Lyon, France, and has a deep interest in counterterrorism, counterproliferation and WMD. He was formerly a Naval Flight Officer and White House Intern with the US Navy and has studied at Hampton University, University of Oklahoma, and the National Defense University.
    In part of our ongoing effort to look at consumers of intelligence as well as producers - i.e., who eats the sausages as well as who makes them - we touch on the various parts of Dexter’s career that intersect with intelligence. 
    And…
    Hampton University, where Dexter studied for his undergrad, is one of over 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) in the United States. It sits near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay (incidentally on the same peninsula as “The Farm,” a covert training facility for CIA operations officers). Many leaders of the black community have attended HBCU’s, such as Booker T. Washington (Hampton), W.E.B. Du Bois (Fisk), Martin Luther King (Morehouse), Jesse Jackson (North Carolina A&T), and Kamala Harris (Howard). 

    Quote of the Week
    "It's about real people. These are real gadgets better than the movies. It gets my blood pumping." – Dexter Ingram on collecting artifacts.

    Resources
    *Andrew’s Recommendation*


    “Shall We All Commit Suicide?” (1924)

    One of Churchill’s most powerful and prophetic essays on the destructive powers unleashed by modern science

    *SpyCasts*


    Spy of the Century Kim Philby & Artifacts (2022)


    ISIS Leader Al Mawla – Part 1 (2022)


    ISIS Leader Al Mawla – Part II (2022)


    Intelligence and the WMD Fiasco (2008)

    *Beginner Resources*


    100 Years of Intl. Police Cooperation, Interpol (2014) [video]


    Our History, Interpol (n.d.) [website]


    Nuclear Proliferation & Nonproliferation: What you Need to Know, CFR (2019) [video] 


    Books


    The Terror Years: Al Qaeda to ISIS, L. Wright (Penguin, 2017)


    Black Flags: Rise of ISIS, J. Warrick (Doubleday, 2015)


    Policing the World: Interpol, M. Anderson (Clarendon, 1989)

    Articles


    “Islamic State’s Khorasan Vision in Asia,” L. Webber & R. Valle, The Diplomat, (2022)


    “Red Notices,” Interpol (n.d.)

    Video


    Deadly Evolution of Nuclear Weapons, Tech Insider, YouTube (2017)


    Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty: What you Need to Know, CFR (2015) [video]


    Sailing in the Sea of OSINT, S. Mercado, CSI (2004)

    Documentary

    Nuclear Tipping Point, NTI, YouTube (2010)
    Interactives

    A Guide to Open-Source Nuclear Detection Work, NTI (2020)
    Resource sites

    OSINT Techniques 
    Primary Source Collections
    Historical Documents, Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)
    *Wildcard Resource*

    A BBC News Program and Nuclear War (2019)

    “Today” is Britain’s highest profile current affairs radio program, and it has been on air since 1958 - a few consecutive days without it and Britain could launch a nuclear counterstrike. Read more here.

    • 58 min
    “POW’s, Vietnam and Intelligence” – with Pritzker Curator James Brundage

    “POW’s, Vietnam and Intelligence” – with Pritzker Curator James Brundage

    Summary
    James Brundage (LinkedIn; Twitter) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss prisoners-of-war and intelligence. He is the Curator at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago. 

    What You’ll Learn
    Intelligence

    The intelligence dynamics of “prisoners-of-war”

    Tap codes and other ways to covertly communicate

    Using POWs for propaganda

    Debriefing POWs after their release 

    Reflections

    Comparing across time (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, etc.)

    Comparing within time (German/Japanese/American POW camps during WWII)

    And much, much more…

    Episode Notes
    What intelligence questions are generated when we discuss “prisoners of war”? The prisoner’s side asks: what happened? Are they alive? If so, where? What did they know? Can they compromise operations? Can we get them out? The other side asks: what do they know? Can they tell us anything we don’t know? Are they misleading us? The prisoner asks: where are we? Are there any friendlies? Can we share information to escape? 
    To answer these questions, this week’s guest is James Brundage who curated the May 22-Apr 23 exhibit, “Life Behind the Wire: POW” which explores life in captivity. He is a public historian who has also worked at the Obama Presidential Library, the Chicago History Museum & the James Garfield Historic Site. 
    And…
    Jeremiah Denton Jr. was shot down while leading an attack over North Vietnam in 1965 and the title of his memoir, When Hell Was in Session, gives you an idea of what he endured during his captivity. As part of a propaganda campaign, the North Vietnamese arranged for him to be interviewed by a Japanese reporter. Hi blinked T-O-R-T-U-R-E in Morse code. Needless to say, the intelligence community took great interest in the video footage. He passed away in 2014. 

    Quote of the Week
    "So roughly 1% of the POW population perished in Europe at the hands of the Germans versus in Japan…the death rate was almost 40%. A lot of that was the conditions of the camp…in Vietnam, of the more than 700 American POWs, there were 73 who perished in POW camps in North Vietnam, which is roughly 10%." – James Brundage

    Resources
    *Andrew’s Recommendation*


    The Railway Man: A POW’s Searing Account, E. Lomax (Norton, 2014) 

    A powerful, powerful memoir. Lomax had nightmares about his WWII experience for over half a century.

    *SpyCasts*


    Operation Chaos – Matthew Sweet (2018)


    Eavesdropping in Vietnam – Tom Glenn (2012)


    Studies & Observations Group – Donald Blackburn (2012) 


    Intelligence Lessons from Vietnam – Rufus Phillips (2009)

    *Beginner Resources*


    The Vietnam War Explained in 25 Minutes, The Life Guide (n.d.) ([video] 


    Intelligence in the Vietnam War, Vietnam War 50th [posters]


    POW’s: What You Need to Know, ICRC (2022) [webpage]

    Books


    Spies on the Mekong, K. Conboy (Casemate, 2021)


    War of Numbers, S. Adams (Steerforth, 2020)


    Tap Code, C. Harris & S. Berry (Zondervan, 2019)

    Articles


    Meet the Hero: Douglas Hegdahl, Milliken Center (n.d.)


    OSS’s Role in Ho Chi Minh’s Rise, B. Bergin, SII 62/2 (2018)


    Intel. Support to Comms. with POWs in Vietnam, G. Peterson & D. Taylor, SII 60/1 (2016)


    Takes on Intelligence and the Vietnam War, C. Laurie, SII 55/2 (2011)

    Documentaries


    The Vietnam War, K. Burns & L. Novick (2017)


    The Fog of War, R. McNamara (2003)


    Hearts & Minds, P. Davis (1974)

    Oral Histories

    Veterans History Project

    Vietnam POW Interviews, U.S.N.I.

    Primary Sources


    POW/MIA Closed Briefing, DD CIA (1991)


    Report on US-Vietnamese Talks on POW/MIAs (1985)


    Causes, Origins & Lessons of the Vietnam War (1972)


    The POW Scandal in Korea (1954)

    *Wildcard Resource*
    Interestingly, philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein, John Paul Sartre, Paul Riceour, Emmanuel Levinas and Louis Althusser were all POWs – now, the impact this had on their thinking would be one hell of a rabbit hole to go down!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    “The Beverly Hills Spy” – with The Hollywood Reporter’s Seth Abramovitch

    “The Beverly Hills Spy” – with The Hollywood Reporter’s Seth Abramovitch

    Summary
     
    Seth Abramovitch (Twitter; LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss the British war-hero who spied on behalf of the Japanese during Hollywood’s Golden Age. This is a story-and-a-half, by jingo! 

    What You’ll Learn
    Intelligence

    How a British war-hero became a spy for the other side

    Japanese espionage in Tinseltown 

    How the story involves Boris Karloff, Charlie Chaplin and Yoko Ono’s father 

    The spy ring’s activities before and after Pearl Harbor

    Reflections

    Playing the game for yourself vs. for a country or a cause

    Hubris & Nemesis 

    And much, much more…

    Episode Notes
    Sqn. Ldr. Frederick Rutland, AM, DSC and Bar, was the first person to fly a seaplane from a ship in history. He was also the first man to spot the German fleet from his seaplane, thereby precipitating the largest naval battle of the First World War, the Battle of Jutland. 
    After leaving the military because of indiscretions with a fellow officer’s wife, he tries to live an ordinary vanilla life, but still craves his action-packed days of old…ultimately, he is approached by the Japanese to spy on their behalf, which leads him to relocate to LA during the Golden Age of Hollywood.
    To discuss this doozy of a story, I am joined by Seth Abramovitch from The Hollywood Reporter – i.e., the definitive interpretive voice of the entertainment industry – where he has worked for ten years. 
    And…
    There are some incredible Hollywood movies from the interwar period, capturing some of the tension and suspicion of the era, as well as the faint drumbeat of approaching war. Hitchcock alone had, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935), Sabotage (1936), and Foreign Correspondent (1940). Major stars of the era such as Marlene Dietrich, Great Garbo, and Madelaine Carroll helped solidify the spy genre with movies such as Dishonored (1931), Mata Hari (1931), and I Was a Spy (1933). Don’t forget Fritz Lang’s Spione (1928), which has been called a, “marvel of narrative economy in montage.” 

    Quote of the Week
    "At the very bottom of the list, it would be any kind of allegiance to any flag, because he's quick to offer to turn on Japan when push comes to shove at the very end of the whole story. I don't think he was doing it for any kind of nationalism or political, viewpoint. I think if anything he was apolitical." – Seth Abramovitch.

    Resources
    Headline Resources

    “Beverley Hills Spy” Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter (2022)
    Andrew’s Recommendation

    Reel vs. Real CIA – The Americans, Argo, Black Panther, and the Good Shepherd

    *SpyCasts*


    “Russia Upside Down” – with Creator of The Americans Joe Weisberg (2022)


    “The Courier” – the Director’s Take with Dominic Cooke (2021)


    “Hollywood Spies” – with Jonna Mendez (2020)


    “U.S. Naval Intelligence in WWII” – with Rear Admiral Donald Mac Showers 


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    Beginner Resources


    Spy for Japan, T. Bradbeer, Historynet (2022) [webpage]


    The Pacific War, WELT (2021) [video]


    FBI Raid Japanese Spy Network in LA, Smithsonian Channel (2019) [video]

    Books


    Intelligence & the War Against Japan, R. Aldrich (CUP, 2000)


    The Emperor’s Codes, M. Smith (Bantam, 2000)

    Articles


    “Agent Shinkawa Revisited,” R. Drabkin & B. Hart, IJIC, 35/1 (2022)


    The 1924 Law That Slammed the Door on Immigrants, Smithsonian Magazine (2020)


    Washington Naval Conference, 1921-22, Historian, State Dept. (n.d.) 

    Russo-Japanese War, 1904-5, Historian, State Dept. (n.d.)

    Primary Sources

    “Security Service Files, Frederick Rutland” – National Archives (U.K.):

    1924-1933

    1933-1935

    1935-1936

    1935-1937

    1937-1941

    1941

    1941-1942

    1942

    1942-1943

    1943-1944

    *Wildcard Resource*

    Reel-vs-Reel

    How Hollywood compares to the real CIA

    The Americans

    Argo

    Black Panther

    The Good Shepherd

    • 54 min
    “The Information Battlespace” – Foreign Denial and Deception with Bill Parquette

    “The Information Battlespace” – Foreign Denial and Deception with Bill Parquette

    Summary
    Bill Parquette (LinkedIn; Website) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss Denial and Deception. They discuss examples such as D-Day, the Yom Kippur War, and the Persian Gulf War.

    What You’ll Learn
    Intelligence

    Denial and deception – what it is and why it matters

    Key examples of denial and deception

    Detecting denial and deception operations

    How to avoid seeing monsters everywhere

    Reflections

    How to counter denial and deception in everyday life (children, salespeople, etc.) 

    Stumbling into new roles in new fields

    And much, much more…

    Episode Notes
    Sun Tzu said, “all warfare is based on deception” and so much of the natural world is also based on denial and deception: camouflage, feigning, mimicry, distraction. It is also a feature of our daily 21st century lives: spyware, trojan horses, catfishing, and spear phishing.
    With this week’s guest we look at the Denial and Deception Committee, which aimed to discover and mitigate foreign denial and deception operations against the U.S. by coordinating efforts throughout the IC.
    Bill Parquette was a former Chair of the Committee. He joined the Committee in 2002 and left in 2015. He was formerly a Lt. Col. In the U.S. Army, starting his career with 10 years in the 82nd Airborne, and is currently Professor of Practice at Penn State University. 
    And…
    The episode looks at deceiving others but the human capacity for self-deception and denial is VAST – from head in the sand, plugging your ears, living in denial, willful ignorance, and cognitive dissonance through to doublethink. 

    Quote of the Week
    "If I have an audience of one or 100, I ask does anyone have children? And the hands get raised. And then I said, okay, did you teach your child deception or denial? And of course not. Do they conduct denial or deception? And they all said yeah, it's throughout nature, it's throughout society…it's a natural thing to deny. I didn't mom I didn't take that cookie." – Bill Parquette

    Resources
    Headline Resources

    Bill Parquette’s list of of acronyms and sources


    “Countering Foreign Denial & Deception – Rise of Fall of a Discipline” – J. Bruce, Studies in Intelligence, 64/1 (2020) 


    “Denial & Deception Issue,” American Intelligence, 32/2 (2015)

    Andrew’s Recommendation

    “D-Day Would be Nearly Impossible to Pull Off Today,” D. Lupton, WaPo (2019)
    *SpyCasts*


    “Deceiving the Iraqis in Operation Desert Storm” – with BGen Tom Draude (2013)


    “Agent Garbo” – with Stephan Talty (2012)


    “Identity, Espionage and Social Media” – with Thomas Ryan (2011)


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    Beginner Resources


    Deception at D-Day, Army Uni. Press (2022) [video]


    The True Story of the D-Day Spies, BBC (2014) [video]


    Operation Bodyguard Map, Eisenhower Foundation (n.d.) [map]

    Books


    History of the National Intelligence Council, Hutchings &. Treverton, eds. (OUP, 2019)


    Practice to Deceive, B. Whaley (NIP, 2016)


    The Watchman Fell Asleep, U. Bar-Joseph (SUNY, 2005)


    The Deceivers, T. Holt (Scribner, 2004)


    Deception 101, J. Caddell (Army War College, 2004)


    Strategic Denial and Deception, Godson & Wirtz eds. (Transaction, 2002)


    Deception in War, J. Latimer (Overlook, 2001)

    Videos

    The War in October, Al Jazeera (2013)
    Primary Sources 

    US-PLO Contacts During War, Oct 26, 1973

    Secretary’s Staff Meeting, Oct 23, 1973

    Sadat - Speech Calling for Arab-Israeli Peace Conference, Oct 16, 1973

    Arab-Israel Tensions – Quandt to Scowcroft, Oct 6, 1973

    Ultra – Marshall to Eisenhower, Mar 15, 1944

    Overall Deception Policy, Jan 22, 1944

    Deception Operations Around England, Dec 18, 1943

    Overlord Cover Operation, Nov 20, 1943

    *Wildcard Resource*
    Movies to explore on deception include Deception (1946), The Sting (1973), The Usual Suspects (1995), Donnie Brasco (1997), Female Agents (2008) and Operation Mincemeat (2021), 

    • 56 min

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